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Sunil Kumar Aggarwal
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Sunil Kumar Aggarwal is a resident physician at a large academic medical center in New York City. He is the author of a review article "Cannabinergic Pain Medicine: A Concise Clinical Primer and Survey of Randomized Controlled Trial Results" featured on the the cover of the February 2013 issue of The Clinical Journal of Pain.

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'9 Percent of Those Who Use Cannabis Become Dependent' Is Based on Drug War Diagnostics and Bad Science

(77) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 5:20 PM


Recently, on a segment with Anderson Cooper on CNN that aired one week into the overall excitement after legal adult cannabis sales had started in Colorado, famed addiction medicine specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky expressed shock about the oft-cited figure that 1...

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Calling Justice-Loving South Asians to Dismantle the Drug War, Free People and Plants, and Foster Health and Development for Millions

(6) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 4:32 PM

A private-prisons-backed, corporatist-police state-driven, racially-skewed "new Jim Crow" era of mass incarceration currently reigns in the U.S. The key factor in its growth has been enforcement of drug control laws. This archipelago of jails, prisons, and holding centers concretely represents the continuation of a long-standing, colonialist-racist policy, which...

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Cultivating Local Medical Cannabis Systems Is the Way Forward

(28) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 2:56 PM

The message that the public receives from the American federal government -- specifically the DEA -- when it's petitioned to recognize marijuana's utility as a medicinal agent is that it cannot do so because marijuana lacks approval from the Food and Drug Administration for any indication. Nevermind scores of other...

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Needless Suffering of Medical Marijuana Patient Embodies Federal-State Conflict: A Prison Extraction

(15) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 5:28 PM

When I was in the graduate school portion of the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Washington in the Department of Geography, I had an opportunity to work with an intrepid defense attorney by the name of Douglas Hiatt, who brought me face-to-face with major health...

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Medical Cannabis in the Empire State: It's Right and It's Respectable

(7) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 3:16 PM

Granting New York physicians, PAs and NPs the authority to certify appropriate patients with debilitating conditions to use marijuana medicinally is the right thing to do.. Here's why I, as a resident physician, think so.

Some 15 percent of all physicians in the United States make their...

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Adequate and Well-Controlled Studies Proving Medical Efficacy of Cannabis Exist but Are Ignored by Marijuana Schedulers

(36) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 2:40 PM

After a 40-year battle over the placement of marijuana in Schedule I, the U.S. Court of Appeals, DC Circuit, ruled in January on the most recent petition to reschedule marijuana in the case of AMERICANS FOR SAFE ACCESS (ASA) v. DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION (DEA). The court ruled that...

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If You Are Strongly in Favor of Marijuana Decriminalization, It Is Hypocritical to Oppose Medical Marijuana

(19) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 9:37 AM

Governor Cuomo,

In your 2013 State of the State Address, you said:

[There are] roughly 50,000 arrests in New York City for marijuana possession [every year]... Of those 50,000 arrests, 82 percent are black and Hispanic... These arrests stigmatize, they criminalize, they create a permanent record. It's...

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